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WATCH: Captain receives rave reviews for classy winning speech which was almost entirely in Irish

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Gweedore under-21 captain Niall Friel delivered a speech that Joe Connolly would be proud of.

Connolly famously completed his acceptance speech as gaeilge after Galway's 1980 All-Ireland hurling final triumph.

Friel led his Gweedore side to victory the Bank of Ireland Ulster Under-21 Club Tournament Final thanks to a 4-7 to 0-6 win over Lavey and showed his class as he accepted the trophy.

He thanked the officials for allowing the game to flow and Antrim club Kickhams Creggan for hosting the event.

After praising the Gweedore support, the team sponsors and commiserating with Lavey, he paid tribute to the teammates he soldiered with and broke from Irish to salute 'John Beag'. A carachtar.

Friel choked up at the end of his speech as he referenced the death if his uncle in the week leading up to the game.

"He was always so very proud of me – God bless him," he said.

It was a beautifully executed speech.

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